Procycling February 2019

Procycling is the monthly magazine that takes readers inside the world’s toughest sport – professional road racing. From the mud and rain of the spring Classics through to annual summer spectacular of the Tour de France, the magazine combines thoughtful, probing sports journalism and insightful interviews with incredible sports photography. The rich, often scandalous history of cycle sport and its high tech future also feature in a magazine that’s a must for every follower of the grand tours and the peloton.

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EDITOR Can you imagine a peloton without Team Sky? No, me neither. It’s only January, so there is a lot of 2019 left for things to change, but from the moment Team Sky announced that this season would be the last under the current sponsorship, cycling has been indulging in a parlour game of possible outcomes, including the nuclear option: the end of the team. Finding £30 million, or thereabouts, is possibly going to be David Brailsford’s hardest ever challenge, but I’ve been following the Team Sky principal for enough time to know that until official confirmation is published that the team will end, it would be better not to assume that the task is beyond him. Whatever happens, this has suddenly become the big narrative of the 2019 season, and as…

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Superprestige Zonhoven, Belgium 16 December 2018 If cyclo-cross had a stadium, Zonhoven's 'Pit' or 'De Kuil' as it translates in Flemish, would be it – a giant sandpit in the middle, with the race course running in and out, surrounded by fans. Mathieu van der Poel showcases his bike-handling credentials as he makes his way up the muddy course, on his way to his fifth win out of five races at the Superprestige Trophy. Such was the European champion's dominance, he won by 43 seconds GP Sven Nys Belgium 1 January 2019 Deceuninck-Quick Step's Ždenek Štybar rings in the New Year by returning to his #irst cycling love, cyclo-cross, while on winter break from the road season. Formerly a three-time cross world champion, the Czech rider has a long and potentially frustrating history with the…

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spanish innovation meets tradition

Grand tours are in an interesting place with their route design at the moment. They sell themselves on the idea that they are forward-looking and innovative, but also play heavily on their history, looking back to great moments in previous races and riffing on them for modern editions. Think of the Tour de France’s Pyrenean finale on the Tourmalet this July, for example. And the last of the three grand tours to announce its 2019 parcours, the Vuelta a España, continues both trends. The first two thirds of this year’s Vuelta consist of a typically modern-day Vuelta parcours, crammed with extremely steep summit finishes, short, punchy stages and new host towns. Then for the final week, the Vuelta gives us a nostalgic rendition of some of its greatest hits. Stage 18’s format,…

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the young and the restless

The rider who seemed to be generating the most headlines from Deceuninck-Quick Step’s training camp in January was teenage sensation Remco Evenepoel. At just 18 years old (he turns 19 on 25 January) the young Belgian is stepping straight from junior level into the WorldTour this year, skipping the U23 ranks altogether. There’s no doubting Evenepoel is a phenomenal talent. Few riders adapt to cycling as quickly as he appears to have – he only took up the sport full time in 2017 – and last year he won almost every race he started, including junior titles in both the road race and time trial at the Worlds. But his talent could arguably be his biggest flaw, as the desire to race him and see what he can do, coupled with…

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18 The number of Colombians in the WorldTour this year – it’s the highest tally since the WorldTour began in 2011. The majority are lining up to ride the Tour Colombia 2.1 stage race in February. “He’s Italian, and we have an Italian sponsor, so clearly there’s interest”Trek-Segafredo team manager Luca Guercilena insists Vincenzo Nibali is interested in joining his team next season, with coffee brand Segafredo the most prominent Italian sponsor in cycling. Young riders will compete in their own classification for the first time at the Vuelta a España this year. The race has previously had a white jersey, however it was awarded to the rider leading the combined points ranking. Lotto-Soudal have suspended Tosh Van der Sande after he returned a positive test at the Gent Six in November for an…

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conor dunne

What is your favourite race? Probably the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. It’s good all round: a cruise round Melbourne, nice weather, a good circuit. We [Israel Cycling Academy] don’t do it this year, but I’ve loved starting there in previous seasons with Aqua Blue Sport. What’s your favourite climb? I’d say the Col de Turini in Nice. I go up there quite a lot for training. There are quite a few different ways you can go up it and they are all pretty epic. It’s quite a special place for me. I love it. Who’s the best domestique in the peloton? Am I allowed to say myself? I’d probably say someone like Koen de Kort. He’s always pretty solid. He’s always there, but never in the limelight and does a huge amount of…